from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal The starting point.
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- n. the place where one begins; a lack of progress
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- n. the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail
Alluding to board games with numbered squares in which a penalized player may have to return to the starting point.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)